Examples from the Web for cleaver
A hunter comes across a sickly gorilla, too weak to defend itself from the blows of his cleaver.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Politico reported that a man had been arrested for allegedly spitting at Cleaver, but the congressman refused to press charges.
Rather than rationalize the tax code, or reform entitlements, the government has taken a cleaver to discretionary spending.
Gun ownership is tightly controlled in China, where mass attacks usually involve men with a knife, cleaver, or machete.Not Just Sandy Hook: China’s Terrifying Knife Attacks|Melinda Liu|December 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As Cleaver put it, the caucus “is always hesitant to criticize the president.”Why Don’t Black Leaders Demand More of the President?|Paul Butler|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They accordingly suffered the punishment, the wrist being divided by a cleaver driven through the joint by force of a mallet.The Fortunes of Nigel|Sir Walter Scott
Flatten it by striking with broad blade of knife or a cleaver.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
An interview which Cleaver's boy had to endure may throw some light upon this.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
They lost their right hands, the wrist being divided by a cleaver driven through the joint by the force of a mallet.The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2|Arthur Griffiths
In something less than the two hours I had allowed for the passage, the procession of boats reached Cleaver Island.Breaking Away|Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for cleaver
Word Origin and History for cleaver
late 15c., "one who splits," agent noun from cleave (v.1). Originally "one who splits boards with a wedge instead of sawing;" attested as part of a surname from mid-14c. Meaning "butcher's chopper" is from mid-15c.
This last ["Marrowbones and Cleaver"] is a sign in Fetter Lane, originating from a custom, now rapidly dying away, of the butcher boys serenading newly married couples with these professional instruments. Formerly, the band would consist of four cleavers, each of a different tone, or, if complete, of eight, and by beating their marrowbones skilfully against these, they obtained a sort of music somewhat after the fashion of indifferent bell-ringing. When well performed, however, and heard from a proper distance, it was not altogether unpleasant. ... The butchers of Clare market had the reputation of being the best performers. ... This music was once so common that Tom Killigrew called it the national instrument of England. [Larwood & Hotten, "The History of Signboards from the Earliest Times to the Present Day," London, 1867]